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I've just started my first save game as Arsenal. Who should I buy and get rid of?
On the latest patch, right?

I'd recommening flogging Gervinho, as you can usually get in £10m+ for him that can be used on better players. Flogging Squillaci and Arshavin will also free up £125k p/w in terms of wages, although the latter is good cover for the attacking positions. The likes of Park, Bendtner, Chamakh and Djourou can all be sold on next summer once they return from their respective loan deals.

In terms of bringing players in, I'd recommend buying a new striker, defensive midfielder and centre-half, and perhaps another winger (depending on how you plan on utilising Walcott and Podolski). I've played a few games with Arsenal and have tried out a number of players - Neven Subotic (Dortmund) is a top defender who I got for under £10m, Christian Tello (Barcelona) is a versatile winger with good potential and Llorente is a machine up front, although I'm not sure how available he is in the new patch. I've just started a new game on my new laptop and managed to get Marc Muniesa from Barcelina for under £1m - he's young and will provide decent cover to Vermaelen, Koscielny and Mertesacker, all of whom are pretty awesome on FM13. I bought also bought Jovetic for £19m and Strootman for £13m.
Yeah, fully patched, just got it off Steam as spur of the moment payday decision. I'm pretty much trying to readjust to the game, I haven't played it for about three years now. I had already dumped Gervinho onto the transfer list, he's pretty useless. I could only get £2m for Arshavin so might keep him as backup.

Thanks for the suggestions, to be honest I want to overhaul the team completely within three seasons. How does the Polish goalkeeper whose name I won't attempt to spell do over time, or is he replaceable?
By Mr Willy | Permalink | On 29 March 2013 - 22:35 PM
Yeah, fully patched, just got it off Steam as spur of the moment payday decision. I'm pretty much trying to readjust to the game, I haven't played it for about three years now. I had already dumped Gervinho onto the transfer list, he's pretty useless. I could only get £2m for Arshavin so might keep him as backup.

Thanks for the suggestions, to be honest I want to overhaul the team completely within three seasons. How does the Polish goalkeeper whose name I won't attempt to spell do over time, or is he replaceable?

Szczesny becomes pretty awesome, actually. In one of my saves he became one of the best in the world but in a different one he made a few mistakes in his first year, so in my new game I've signed Muslera from Galatasaray. Szczesny will still be my number one in the long run.
Cheers for the help! I might try find a season-long replacement for Fabianksi if there's some cheap enough. I tried for Subotic but I couldn't offer him a contract that was acceptable for him. The bastard.
I suggest bringing in Defoe as a striker he is a beast and is already adapt to playing in the premiership!! also one of the first defenders I ever get is deed from Brazil he he simply awesome and scores from corners for fun!!
That was meant to say Dede from Brazil
I had a great season with Arsenal playing a 4-2-3-1.

I had:

Szczesny

Sagna
Koscielny/ Chris Smalling
Vermaelen
Baines

Phil Jones (Ball winning midfielder)
Arteta/ Ramsay as deep lying playmakers

Wilshere (AMC)
Carzola (Advanced playmaker)
Alex OC (AMC)

Podolski/ Giroud (Poacher)

Brought in:
Baines
Smalling
Jones
Owen Hargreaves
Martin Kelly
Luke Shaw
James Ward Prowse

Sold:
Arshavin
Mertesacker
Djorou (*spelling)
Gervinho
Santos
Diaby
Squillaci

Pretty sure my transfers worked out that I only ended up spending 10million more than I made.

Retrained Alex OC to AMC and Jones from DC to MC and it worked perfectly but make sure your training is bang-on and you have the right coaches in place. Didn't really need Kelly but only bought him cause it looked like I wouldn't get Jones or Smalling.

This was pre-Jan transfer update so really only difference is buying Baines but I'm not a fan of Monreal.

Won the PL, FA Cup, got to semis of CL and can't remember about the LC but it's not a big deal.

Moving into the next season I punted Sagna and brought in Clyne from Southampton and also brought in Neymar cause Podolski got a bad injury and his stats went shooting down. So my team for the future was:

Szczesny

Clynde
Koscielny/ Kelly
Smalling
Baines

Phil Jones BWM
Ramsay DLP

Wilshere (AMC)
Ward-Prowse (Advanced playmaker)
Alex OC (AMC)

Neymar (Poacher)

Tbh, I don't think Neymar was worth the £40m I spent on him.
This is what I'm currently playing:

Sczesney

Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Monreal

Artet, Diaby/Wilshere/Ramsay

Cazorla/Ox-Chamb, Lewandowksi, Arshavin/Tello

Giroud

Arshavin's being an arsehole and isn't renewing his contract, and Walcott and Podolski have been absolute cunt-bandits for me, never playing well and have requested transfers. Offloaded Walcott to Fulham for £10m, so I'm looking for a permanent replacement for Arshavin.
Update: just sold Arshavin to Southampton for £900k. Was relatively quiet in the January transfer window, didn't buy anyone. Looking to the summer to get one or two big names.
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